Wednesday, September 20, 2017

ECD September Designer Challenge


Hi everyone,

It's time for our September ECD Design Team Designer challenge. Check out the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog today to see what our talented designed created for the challenge.

Our challenge this month is ..... Spooktacular Creations - It's just over a month away until Halloween. Create a card or project with a Halloween theme.

I have created two cards for this month's challenge. To see my second card, scroll down to the blog post below this one.


For today's challenge Elizabeth Craft Designs are giving away a $20 Gift Card to use on our website to 3 winners

To enter simply leave a comment on the Elizabeth Craft Designs Challenge post and tell us "What are some of your favorite products you choose when creating spooky scenes for Halloween?


We will select 3 lucky winners in a random drawing 


The winners will be announced on Friday, September 22nd on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog.

For my card today I have created a "U Fold Card", I have discovered this style of card quite recently and have been having fun creating them. I have used a number of the new Halloween themed die sets which were released by Elizabeth Craft Designs in August to create my card. 

The background of my card uses the galaxy background technique which I have been having fun with this year. I used distress inks to create the background. It is a little to see the effect of this background totally on this card as a lot of the color is hidden by the die cuts, but it is there.

I apologise that my instructions are using metric rather than imperial measurements, I didn't think when I started my project to work in inches. It is pretty easy to convert if you wish to replicate this card. If I made this particular card again, I would probably make it slightly taller to allow for the tall haunted house, the chimney is about 1 inch over the top of the card, but as I have things hanging off the sides I don't think this matters. 


Here is how I created my card:

Step 1 - 
  • Cut a piece of white cardstock that measures 12.5cm x 20cm.
  • Randomly sponge on Picked Raspberry, Twisted Citron and Salty Ocean Distress Inks over the card. Leave some areas white.
  • Sponge Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink around the edges of the card and blending over the previously applied colors.
  • Finally apply black ink around the edges and over the card, you don't want to to completely cover the colors you have laid down. You decide how much you want to show through for your finished project.
  • Finally add some picket fence distress paint to an acrylic block, thin with water and use a paint brush to splatter white all over the background to create stars.
Step 2 - 

  • Cut a piece of black cardstock that measures 22.5cm x 13cm.
  • Score along the long side at 3.5cm; 7cm; 15.5cm and 19cm.
  • The score lines closest to the edge will be mountain folds, and the centre lines valley folds.
Step 3 -
  • Take the Galaxy Sky Background panel and cut the panel into 5 panels .... four will be 3cm wide and the centre panel will be 8cm wide.
  • Adhere panels to black card as per photo above.

Step 4 - 
  • Create two bridges for the centre panel to which will hold the haunted house and fence. One bridge will be 2.5cm x 12.5cm and the other 2.5cm x 10.5cm.
  • Score the 12.5cm length bridge at 2cm either end and the 10.5cm one at 1 cm either end. 
  • Apply adhesive to the 1cm ends of the shortest bridge and adhere it to the edge of the 2cm bridge.
  • Attach both bridges to the bottom centre of card as per photo above.

Step 5 - Decorating the card.
  • Using the smallest circle from the Fitted Circles die set, die cut a circle from orange cardstock.
  • Sponge the edge of the circle with black ink.
  • Adhere circle to top right centre panel.
  • From the Haunted House die set, die cut the witch, house and cat from black cardstock.
  • Adhere the witch so that part of it is covering the moon.
  • Adhere yellow cardstock behind the windows of the haunted house. (Optional - sponge around the edge of the house with white ink). To attach the house to the back bridge, add a length of black cardstock that will to the back of the house which extends approximately 2cm from the bottom of the house (tab). Attach this tab behind the bridge closest to the centre panel so the house is flush with the top of the bridge.
  • From the Iron Fence die set, die cut the fence using light grey cardstock. Apply adhesive to the bottom part of the fence and adhere to the front of the other bridge.
  • From the Ghost die set, die cut the small and large ghosts from white and black cardstock. 
  • Assemble ghosts.
  • Adhere the small ghost to the left hand panel using foam tape, and the large ghost to the top of the right hand panel using adhesive. 

  • Using the Halloween Scenery die set, die cut the tree from black cardstock. Cut off the roots of the tree and adhere on an angle to the right hand panel.
  • Using the Halloween Scenery die set, die cut the graveyard scene on a piece of dark grey card that is 16cm long so that you have approximately 2.5cm edge at the bottom. Note - the graveyard scene will be shorter than your cardstock, so you will need to trim the top left and right edges so it is level with the bottom of the elements closest to the edge of the scene.
  • Apply black ink around the edges of the scene.
  • Use a white gel pen to write "R.I.P" on both gravestones.
  • Apply adhesive to the bottom of the right hand panel and adhere the right side of graveyard scene to this panel. 
  • Fold your card so that the two panels on the right hand side are open, but the two on the left are folded on top of each other onto centre panel. Apply adhesive to the bottom of the left hand panel and adhere final edge of graveyard scene. Trim off any excess cardstock.
  • Adhere the cat that you die cut earlier to the left hand side of the graveyard scene.
  • Die cut 3 bats (Halloween Scenery die set) using dark grey cardstock. Adhere one to the roof of the house and the other two on the side panels in the centre of the card.


Step 6 - 

  •  Stamp the "Trick or Treat" sentiment from the Halloween Sentiments Clear Stamp set onto white cardstock using black ink. Trim into a rectangle.
  • Adhere to left side of front of card as per photo above.

Here you can see how the card folds flat for easy mailing. This particular card may not fit into a standard size envelope due to the height of the card. But you can easily adapt this style of card so that it does.

I hope you enjoyed my project today. Don't forget to check out the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog to see all the wonderful creations by our talented designers and for a change to win the giveaway.

Supplies:

Elizabeth Craft Designs:



Other:


Cardstock - White; Black; Yellow; Orange; Grey; Dark Grey
Inks - Picked Raspberry; Twisted Citron; Salty Ocean; Chipped Sapphire Distress Inks; Black Ink
Picket Fence Distress Paint
Paintbrush
White Gel Pen
Foam Tape



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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Witch Way to the Candy?


Hi Crafty Friends,

Today I am sharing a Halloween card I created using Elizabeth Craft Designs Halloween Clear Stamp set, I love the cute little Candy Corn witch included in this set!!! 

I stamped the image 3 times along the bottom and top of the card and added a sentiment to the orange layer which is from the Spooky Sentiments Clear Stamp set. 

I covered each of the candy corns with Glossy Accents and once that was dry I added detail to the eyes using Ebony Black Nuvo Drops.

To finish the card of, I added some Ebony Black Nuvo Drops randomly over the orange cardstock.


For the inside of the card I added another Halloween sentiment from the Spooky Sentiments Clear Stamp set and die cut it using the coordinating die in the Labels 1 die set.

Supplies:

Elizabeth Craft Designs:



Other:

Stamps: Halloween; Spooky Sentiments  - Elizabeth Craft Designs
Paper: White; Black; Orange; Yellow
Dies: Labels 1 - Elizabeth Craft Designs
Other: Black Ink; Glossy Accents; Nuvo  Ebony Black Gloss Crystal Drops; Copics


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Monday, September 18, 2017

Congrats


Hi Crafty Friends,

Today I am sharing a card I created using Mama Elephant's The Cat's Meow & Celebration Balloons stamp sets.

For the background I die cut a piece of white cardstock using a stitched rectangle die. I then sponged Distress Oxides onto my card spritzing it with water. 

I added color to the balloons using the opposite colors to what was on the background (i.e. the green was at the top of the background so at the bottom on the balloons. I drew pencil lines from each of the balloons to where the cats would be.

To finish off the card I added some Nuvo White Gloss Crystal Drops randomly over the background.


For the inside of the card I added a sentiment, a couple more cats and a piece of the Distress Oxide background panel.

Stamps: The Cat's Meow; Celebration Balloons - Mama Elephant; Fairy Wishes - Practical Publishing
Paper: White Soft Finish Cardstock - Elizabeth Craft Designs
Dies: Stitched Rectangles - Elizabeth Craft Designs
Other: Black Ink; Twisted Citron Distress Oxide; Broken China Distress Oxide; Scan N Cut; Clear Glitter Wink of Stella Pen; Glossy Accents; Nuvo White Gloss Crystal Drops; Foam Tape; Copics



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Sunday, September 17, 2017

Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop


Hi Crafty Friends,

Today I am playing along in the  Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop which is being held from Friday 15th September to Friday 22nd September.

For my card today I have used a digital image from Mo's Digital Pencil, I have been thinking about getting this stamp for a while now and hadn't gotten around to it, so I decided to get the digital version instead.

I have used the Pop it Ups Oval Pull Card for my card base, it has been a while since I have played with this die set, unfortunately it has now been discontinued. To decorate my card I used Susan's Garden Woodland Leaves which I colored using Distress Oxides. 


When you "pull" the card open it reveals the sentiment and coffee cup with is included in a new sentiment stamp set from Elizabeth Craft Designs.

Supplies:

Elizabeth Craft Designs:



Other:

Stamps: Coffee Digital Stamp - Mo's Digital Pencil; Home Sweet Home - Elizabeth Craft Designs
Paper: White; Orange; Brown; A Perfect Autumn Paper Pad - Carta Bella
Dies: Pop it Ups Oval Pull Card (discontinued); Susan's Garden Woodland Leaves
Distress Oxides: Wild Honey; Fossilized Amber; Spiced Marmalade; Fired Brick; Peeled Paint; Walnut Stain
Other: Black Ink; Clear Glitter Wink of Stella Pen; Nuvo Dark Walnut Gloss Crystal Drops; Foam Tape; Copics



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Saturday, September 16, 2017

Sending Lots of Color Your Way


Hi everyone,

It’s challenge time with the “Crazies” over on the Crazy 4 Challenges blog. Rebecca Ednie our challenge hostess for the month continues to issue the challenges.

Being the third Saturday of the month, it is time for a sketch challenge.





As I had recently received Simon Says Stamp's September card kit, I wanted to use some of the things included in the kit for my card for this challenge.

I stamped the rainbow and clouds and cut them out and stamped clouds on the blue square panel. I white embossed the sentiment onto black cardstock. I also added some of the shape sprinkles to the lower right hand corner.



For the inside of the card I used the pivot arm from Karen Burniston's  Katherine Label Pop Up die set. As I wanted to include the birthday sentiment I used some oval dies for layering. I also added another Shape Sprinkle under the sentiment.

I used the label from the Katherine Label Pop up for the other sentiment to which I also added the candle stamp included in the Best Ever stamp set.



Here is another photo of the inside of the card so you can see the pivot arm in action.

Don't forget to check out the rest of the “Crazies” cards over on the Crazy 4 Challenges blog and also their individual blogs for more details.



Stamps: Best Ever - Simon Says Stamp
Paper: White; Audrey Blue & Doll Pink - Simon Says Stamp; Fairy Tale Collection Paper Pack - Doodlebug Design
Dies: Katherine Label Pop Up - Karen Burniston; Stitched Squares; Dotted Scallop Circles; Stitched Ovals; Dotted Scallop Ovals - Elizabeth Craft Designs
Other: Black Ink; VersaMark Ink; Shape Sprinkles - Doodlebug Designs; Foam Tape; Copics




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Friday, September 15, 2017

Candy Cane Wishes


Hi Crafty Friends,

It's my turn to post a tutorial on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog today. With Christmas just 103 days away, I thought I had better make a start of getting some Christmas cards made. Today I am playing with the Krista Schneider Candy Land Clear Stamp and coordinating die set.


Here's how I created my card:


Step 1 - 
  • Cut a piece of red cardstock so that it measures 8 1/2 inches x 5 1/2 inches. Score and fold along the long sided to create a 4 1/4 inch x 5 1/2 inch top fold card.


Step 2 - 
  •  Using the second largest rectangle from the Stitched Rectangles die set, die cut a piece of tan paper from the ModaScrap Thinking About Grand Canyon 6 x 6 Paper Pack.


Step 3 -
  • Adhere a piece of Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape to the front of a piece of White Soft Finish Cardstock that measures 4 inches x 5 1/4 inches. 
  • Use the snow edge from the Adventure Edges die set, to die cut this piece, so you get two pieces (one approximately 1 1/2 inches and the other 2 1/2 inches. 
  • Remove adhesive backing from the cardstock and cover adhesive with Warm Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter. Return excess glitter to the jar and polish the glitter into the adhesive using your finger.
  • Adhere the taller of the two snow borders to the Stitched Rectangle Designer Paper panel.  See top photo above (Note - There is a 1/4 inch gap from the bottom of the designer paper, the upper most part of the snow should be approximately 2 1/2 inches from the bottom of the designer paper.
  • Apply foam tape to the remaining snow border and adhere this to the panel so that the bottom of the snow is flush with the bottom of the designer paper panel.
  • Adhere designer paper panel onto the folded red card base.

Step 3 - 
  • Using the Candy Land Clear Stamp set, stamp the gingerbread house, gingerbread man, gingerbread girl and jellies (twice) onto White Soft Finish Cardstock using black ink.
  • Color images as desired
  • Die cut the images using coordinating die set.
  • Adhere the gingerbread house to the top left hand side of the card, so that is is sitting on the top snow bank.
  • Adhere the gingerbread boy, girl and jellies to the card using foam tape. (Note: for the boy and girl you will need to add one layer of foam tape to the body and two layers of foam tape to the heads to allow for the foam tape on the lower snow bank).
Step 4 - 
  • Using the "Candy Cane Wishes Mistletoe Kisses" sentiment from the Holiday Cheer Clear Stamp set,  stamp onto White Soft Finish Cardstock using red ink. 
  • Die cut sentiment using the Stitched Fishtail Banners die set.
  • Adhere the sentiment panel to the top right hand corner of card.
Step 5 - Inside of Card
  • Using the second largest rectangle from the Stitched Rectangles die set, die cut a piece of White Soft Finish Cardstock.
  • Using the "Christmas Greetings" from the Winter Sentiments Clear Stamp set, stamp sentiments to centre of card using red ink.
  • Using the Candy Land Clear Stamp set, stamp the candy border and candy cane bunch onto card and color. (Note - I have stamped my images onto scrap white cardstock and die cut the images using the coordinating dies and then adhered the images to the card, but you could also stamp directly onto the card if you preferred.)
  • Adhere white panel to inside of card.
Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you enjoyed my tutorial.

Supplies:

Elizabeth Craft Designs:


Other:

Cardstock - Red
Inks - Black; Red
Copics
Foam Tape


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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Here's the Story


Hi Crafty Friends,

It's challenge time with my friends over on the CCEE Stampers challenge blog. Kelly McKown-Santi our challenge hostess for the month continues to issue the challenges.

 We are celebrating Roald Dahl Day! Yesterday was Roald Dahl Day so for our challenge create a card using any one of his book as inspiration. There are so many!


This girl sitting reading a book, reminded me of the cover on Roald Dahl's Matilda book ... on the illustration Matilda is sitting on a wooden box surrounded by books, but it is similar so I decided to go with this image for my card this week. I also found some book designer paper which I thought might resemble a library.

For the base of my card I have used the Spellbinders Happy Day die set to create a Vertical Stair Step Card. I used the "stairs" to stamp out a birthday greeting, seeing I normally need more birthday cards than anything else.


Here is a look at my card when it is closed ready to be placed in an envelope.

Don't forget to check out the CCEE Stampers blog (goes live 12 AM EST) to see the rest of the creations the CCEE Stampers created this week. You can also see more details of their creations on their individual blogs:


Vicky Gould
Kelly McKown-Santi



Stamps: a la modes Here's the Story - MFT Stamps; Happy Happy Happy - Lawn Fawn
Paper: White; Pink; Designer Paper - Bo Bunny
Dies: Happy Days - Spellbinders; Stitched Fishtail Banners - Elizabeth Craft Designs
Other: Black Ink; Foam Tape; Copics






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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Dec 25 Poinsettia Card


Hi Crafty Friends,

Today I have another Christmas card using the Susan's Garden Poinsettia die sets. On Sunday I shared my first card I made using the poinsettia's after watch Susan's Facebook Live video where she shared her secrets on how she creates her poinsettias. As you can see I couldn't stop at just two poinsettia's I made four and then when I was creating this card I had to make another small poinsettia so I could finish this card, so I made 5 in total.


Here is a close up of the flowers.

For this card I also used the Garden Notes Poinsettia, Garden Notes Small Poinsettia; Garden Notes Grapevine Wreath Oval and the Garden Notes White Pine Pinecone & Bough. I added Go to Green Silk Microfine Glitter to the White Pine Bough and Prills inside the poinsettia's. 

For the Dec 25 in the centre of the card, I used a die from A Way with Words which I die cut from Gold Metallic Shimmer Sheetz.


For the inside of the card I added a sentiment and a piece of the same designer paper I used on the outside of the card.



Supplies:

Elizabeth Craft Designs:





Stamps: Season's Gifts - Penny Black
Paper: White Soft Finish Cardstock - Elizabeth Craft Designs; Green; Red; Brown; Retro Christmas Paper Pad - Authentique
Dies: Garden Notes Small Poinsettia; Garden Notes Poinsettia; Garden Notes White Pine Pinecone & Bough; Garden Notes Grapevine Wreath Oval; A Way With Words Dec 25 - Elizabeth Craft Designs
Other ECD Products: PanPastels Set 1 & 2; All Metal Took Kit; Leaf Pad; Molding Pad; Kids Choice Glue; Prills Flower Pot & Secret Garden; Bloomy Day; Go to Green Silk Microfine Glitter; Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape; Gold Metallic Shimmer Sheetz; Kids Choice Glue
Other: Forest Moss Distress Ink; Red Ink; Copics


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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Boo!


Hi Crafty Friends,

Welcome to our Paper Pros challenge for September. This time around our challenge is hosted Karen Burniston.

For our challenge this time round, Karen has challenge us to create something with a Halloween theme.




I decided to use the Snowman Twist Circle die set to create the base of the card, using the twist circle part of the card as the moon

I started with a piece of watercolor paper to which I sponged Wilted Violet and Black Soot Distress Oxide inks all over and then spritzed the panel with water. 

I die cut the graveyard scene which is from Karen Burniston's Halloween Scene die set, twice from black cardstock and adhered them to the bottom of both sides of my card. I also  die cut the tree, spider and 3 bats from this die set and added them to the card. 

For the moon I die cut the largest circle from the Snowman Twist Circle die set and sponged around the edge with black soot distress ink, I then carefully pounced my blender tool that I used for the black soot over the cardstock and added water, to give the circle a moon look. I added two of the bats onto the moon.

I also added the hands, pumpkin, ghosts, crow, witches hat and Boo! which are all from the Halloween Elements die set and added those to my scene.




For the front of the card I created another background panel using the Wilted Violet and Black Soot Distress Oxide inks. 

I added another of the graveyard scenes, used the small circle from the Snowman Twist Circle die set for the moon, adding black ink like I did for the moon on the inside and adding some bats and a crow.



Here you can see my card as it is starting to close. The "moon" starts to twist towards the right hand side as the card begins to close.



And finally, my card when it is  closed which is flat so it can be placed in an envelope.

You can see what the other "Paper Pros" created for this challenge on their blogs:


Shelly Hickox


Supplies:




Paper: Watercolor Paper; Black; Purple
Dies: Snowman Twist Circle Pop-up; Halloween Scene; Halloween Elements - Karen Burniston
Other: Wilted Violet Distress Oxide; Black Soot Distress Oxide; Pewter Silk Microfine Glitter; White Gel Pen



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